Sámi Siida – Márkanbáiki (summer)
Márkanbáiki is an easily accessible, vibrant meeting place in Jukkasjärvi for visitors from near and far who want to engage their senses to experience Sápmi. Get close up with reindeer, stroll through the outdoor exhibition area and try traditional Sámi food in charming Café Sápmi or outdoors. As a reminder of your visit you surely find some special item in our on-site handicraft shop.
The term márkanbáiki means assembly or market place in North Sámi language and this historical site here is the origin of the village of Jukkasjärvi and a wonderful place for a day visit with wide open spaces. Bures boahtin Sápmái – Welcome to Sápmi!
Explore the venue on your own. In our open-air exhibition venue you can learn about the culture, traditions, garments, different devices, nomadic lifestyle and the history of the reindeer herding Sámi people. Look at art works, walk along our short nature and culture trail and enjoy the scenery. The playground Mini-Sápmi invites kids to play and learn.
Our most appreciated companions, the reindeer, are summer grazing here at the shores of river Torne and it is a special moment being able to meet and feed them.
In Café Sápmi, our giant lávvu-like restaurant with a fireplace in the centre, and in our outdoor serving area we serve traditional Sámi food with a modern twist. Reindeer meat is a traditional part of Sámi cuisine that is about pure taste, quality and care for animals and nature. So why not rounding off your visit with a local food experience in form of smoked reindeer meat in mesmerising ambiance? Drinking a cup of freshly boiled coffee is then the icing on the cake. We also offer waffles with berries, pastries and refreshments. Some variation in supply may occur depending on the supply of raw materials.
As a reminder of your stay you can visit our on-site handicraft shop to find the most unique gifts. We offer only the best of local Sámi handicraft, duodji. Among the crafts you find reindeer pelts and antler designs, Sámi silver jewellery and even lassos for catching reindeer.
ADMISSION FEE: Entrance tickets are bought on-site in the handicraft shop (no entrance fee to shop and café).
ADDRESS: Marknadsvägen 2 in SE – 981 91 Jukkasjärvi. Next to Jukkasjärvi church, and 900 m from Icehotel. 15 km from Kiruna Airport and 20 km from central Kiruna. Local bus #501, bus stop 'Jukkasjärvi Kyrkan'.
QUALITY: Nature’s Best Sweden, Sápmi Experience and Sustainable Arctic Destination certified.